Ryan, thinking back to your adolescence was there a particular job you dreamed of doing when you grew up?
When I was a child I wanted to be an airline pilot. My uncle flew Trans Pacific for Air Canada and he always had these great stories about exotic locations and of course the ‘close calls’ that he would encounter. One day he gave me a big stack of his old textbooks and manuals to read through - dry topics like procedure, navigation, weather, etc. Unfortunately or not it created a reality very different from the dream! I tried to get into it; I enrolled in Air Cadets for a couple of years but it just didn’t stick. I would still like to get my private pilot’s license one day and I’m lucky to be able to travel significantly for work.
Choosing to complete an Executive MBA is a big consideration. After reviewing the various masters’ programs available, why did you choose to enroll in the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
I’ve been with Kivuto since 2006 and I joined the company within a year of completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to demonstrate my abilities within several different roles in the organization, especially as the company continues to grow. As my responsibilities increased it became clear that, while my on-the-job learning experience has been amazing, the basic foundation wasn’t there. I look forward to building this foundation, learning the theory behind what I do in my professional life every day. I also look forward to hearing different perspectives from like-minded individuals from a wide array of different backgrounds, industries and sectors. The Telfer Executive MBA will provide me with both the skills and the knowledge to make better decisions and to increase the value that I can provide to not only myself but also to my organization.
What qualities do you admire in a mentor? Do you have someone you consider a strong mentor in your own life?
I define a leader as someone with strong conviction, sense of responsibility, passion and humility. Each component alone is not enough for the person to stand apart; only together is the balance provided to make an individual great while also inspiring greatness in others. I am lucky to know of a handful of people in my life with these attributes and I often look to them when struggling with issues, both personal and professional. They have the capacity to inspire while providing a perspective or opinion that could be unpopular (but usually correct). They also have genuine concern for your own success, creating an energy that may not otherwise exist.